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California, Idaho, Colorado CSTs Collaborate for Exercise
March 7, 2023
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Cameron Hoover with the Idaho National Guard's 101st Civil Support Team climbs down crumbling steps on Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California, Feb. 23, 2022. California's 95th CST hosted its annual emergency response exercise, BAY EX, with Idaho's 101st CST, Colorado National Guard's 8th CST, and first responders.

Task Force Mustang Maintainers Sustain CENTCOM Flight Ops
March 6, 2023
U.S. Army aviation maintenance Soldiers from Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment, General Support Aviation Battalion, 36th Combat Aviation Brigade, "Task Force Mustang," gather in front of a readied CH-47F Chinook helicopter at the Udairi Landing Zone in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Feb. 18, 2023. Left to right: Spc. Jacob Hess, Pfc. Kaleb Fegurgur, Sgt. Adam Scheef, Spc. Sydney McElhany, Spc. Jacob Carreon, Spc. Jorge Gonzalez, Spc. Matthew Glover, Spc. Austin Chancellor, Spc. Louie Chacon, Staff Sgt. Nicholas Schupe, and Sgt. Kevin Vasquez.

Georgia Infantry Battalion Combines Arms to Certify Platoons
March 6, 2023
Soldiers from the Georgia Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, and 177th Brigade Engineer Battalion conduct a combined arms live-fire exercise in Fort Stewart, Ga., March 4, 2023. The exercise validated six infantry platoons and allowed the battalion to test its warfighting functions.

Maryland Air National Guard Completes Readiness Exercise
March 6, 2023
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt Badders, 175th Wing Civil Engineering Squadron member, welds a steel structure at Martin State Air National Guard Base, Middle River, Maryland, March 2, 2023.  Badders was building a hedgehog barrier as part of Operation Lucky Strike 2023.

NY Air Guard Aeromed Technicians Train with Canada in Arctic
March 6, 2023
Airmen from the 139th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and medics from the Royal Canadian Armed Forces receive quick response training in a de Havilland Canada CC-138  “Twin Otter” aircraft from the 440 Transport Squadron, Royal Canadian Armed Forces in Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada, Feb. 26, 2023.

Mississippi Air Refueling Wing Practices Rapid Response
March 6, 2023
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Rainer, crew chief with the 186th Air Refueling Wing Fuels Management flight, connects a fuel hose to a KC-135 during a large-scale readiness exercise at the Combat Readiness Training Center, Gulfport, Mississippi, March 1, 2023. The exercise tested Airmen’s ability to respond quickly to adverse situations in a deployed environment.

Puerto Rico Guard Serves as Southcom Ace Strategic Air Bridge
March 6, 2023
U.S. Airmen assigned to the 23rd Air Expeditionary Wing assist pilots before departure from the 156th Wing airfield during the Forward Tiger exercise at Muñiz Air National Guard Base, Carolina, Puerto Rico, Feb. 22, 2023. The Puerto Rico Air National Guard provided logistical support, command and control, airfield operations support and hangar space.

Tennessee National Guard Prepares for Joint Bulgarian Exercise
March 3, 2023
An Air National Guard C-17 Globemaster from the 164th Airlift Wing offloads Tennessee Army National Guard Soldiers in Bulgaria as part of a multinational exercise.

Cal Guard Stands with Ukraine a Year After Russian Invasion
March 3, 2023
A double-amputee Ukrainian soldier presents a Ukrainian flag signed by fellow Ukrainian soldiers to Maj. Gen. Matthew P. Beevers, acting adjutant general of the California National Guard, in Sacramento, California, Feb. 24, 2023.

Former Tanker Recalls his Past During Promotion Ceremony in Germany
March 2, 2023
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Angelo E. Gelster, an ammunition specialist assigned to Task Force Orion, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New York Army National Guard, is promoted during a ceremony atop an M1A2 Abrams tank in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Feb. 20, 2023. Gelster, a former armor crewmember who operated M1A1 Abrams tanks with the now-disbanded 127th Armor Regiment, is deployed to Germany in support of the Joint Multinational Training Group – Ukraine mission to ensure the combat effectiveness of Ukrainian military personnel training in Germany.

Persistence Pays off for History-Making Air Guardsman
March 2, 2023
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Petra Chesanek, an aeromedical technician with the 103rd Medical Group, Connecticut Air National Guard, at Bradley Air National Guard Base, Conn., Aug. 6, 2022. Chesanek, a career firefighter with the New Britain Fire Department, made history alongside firefighter Lauren Burns when they became the department’s first female firefighters promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

Alaska Air Guard Flies Severely Injured Child to Hospital
March 2, 2023
An HC-130J Combat King II aircraft of the 211th Rescue Squadron, Alaska Air National Guard, refuels an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter of the 210th Rescue Squadron during training over Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, March 23, 2020.

Fallen Army Guard Sniper Honored in Memorial Competition
March 1, 2023
Spc. Chris Horton, a sniper with 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma Army National Guard, in Paktia, Afghanistan, in 2011. He died in an ambush Sept. 9, 2011.

ACE Exercise Expands Illinois Air Guard’s Capabilities
March 1, 2023
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Chase Bridges, a pilot, goes through the first station of the aircrew contamination control area to safely remove contaminated gear at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, Feb. 9, 2023. The 126th Operations Group, Illinois Air National Guard, forward-deployed a Total Force team to Georgia for Agile Combat Employment training.

New York Air Guard Supports Canadian Forces’ Arctic Exercise
March 1, 2023
Airmen from the 109th Airlift Wing’s Polar Camp Skiway Team and members from the 440 Transport Squadron, Royal Canadian Armed Forces, load equipment and fuel into a Twin Otter aircraft at Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada, Feb. 27, 2023, to prepare for Exercise Guerrier Nordique. The Vermont National Guard is also participating in the exercise.